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Appraisal show attendee Tyre with his Japanese wood block print, valued at $2,000 by Dr. Lori.

Appraisal show attendee Tyre with his Japanese wood block

print, valued at $2,000 by Dr. Lori.

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Celebrity appraiser Dr. Lori Verderame is an internationally syndicated columnist, author, and award winning TV personality on History channel’s The Curse of Oak Island and Discovery’s Auction Kings. With a Ph.D. from Penn State University and museum experience, Dr. Lori presents her Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show to worldwide audiences. Learn more at www.DrLoriV.com/events or 888-431-1010.

 

By Lori Verderame

Animation Cell Worth $15,000 Was A Hit With Cy-Fair Audience

At more than 150 events every year, I appraise other people’s heirlooms and antiques. Nothing is vetted beforehand as I appraise and authenticate objects on the spot at my events. I appraise and educate using years of experience in museums, universities and out in the field. I employ both simple logic and lots of laughter. I tell it like it is. If it is a piece of junk, I say it is junk. If it is fantastic, I get excited right along with the owner.

Over the years, my apprai­sal events have surprised my audiences and me. Just recently at my event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I spotted a rare French Impressionist painting by Eugene Boudin, a mentor to Claude Monet, that was purchased at auction in a box lot for $5. The painting was brought to another appraiser who didn’t know what it was and then presented to me in front of my live audience. The outcome was that I told my audience member that he had a rare French painting from the 1870s worth $150,000. At my events, I’ve discovered a multimillion dollar trinket belonging to Napoleon and George Washington’s wallet, among other historical valuables.

During my appraisal events in The Woodlands and Cy-Fair earlier this year sponsored and hosted by Lifestyles & Homes magazines and Texwood Shows, I discovered some treasures among the trash, too. People brought objects including silver candlesticks, sports memorabilia, signed NASA log books, rocking chairs, tabletop music boxes, jewelry and oil paintings.

An original Walt Disney animation cel depicting Jiminy Cricket from the 1940s classic movie, Pinocchio was a showstopper at my Cy-Fair event. The animation art piece was worth $15,000 based on the market where similar pieces have sold. The owner said it was just always on the wall of her childhood home.

Ann brought me a cast metal sculpture of a female figure that was signed and numbered by the artist. She had purchased it at a yard sale for a few dollars and when I told her it was a famous work by a well-known artist worth $5,000, she asked me if I was sure… about 50 times. She just kept saying “Are you sure?” After I reminded her how many books I’ve written on sculpture and how many objects I appraise every year —approximately 20,000 — she realized that I was sure!

Audience member Bobbie was thrilled to hear that she had a characteristic Art Deco print by Louis Icart worth $3,000. Calvin works cleaning out houses and we agreed that people throw away good stuff. I appraised Calvin’s sterling silver Tiffany bowl found in a dumpster at $500 and 1950s Patek Phillippe wristwatch worth $1,000. Tyre, a fan of History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, told me that he was just as happy to meet me in person as he was to find out that his 19th Century Japan­ese woodblock print was worth $2,000. Judy knew it wasn’t child’s play when I appraised her early 20th Century German wooden toy circus in perfect condition for $1,500.

And, I was happy to see the renewed interest in antiques continue with young people like 11-year-old Adah, who was doing a school project to research whether her Mom’s beanie baby toy was “a fake or worth a fortune!” She came to my appraisal event at the Berry Center to interview me. She told me that she really enjoyed learning about history and values of stuff.

Many millennials and newlyweds also brought me objects to appraise at Cy-Fair. Most 20- and 30-year-olds are quite interested in vintage design, chic interiors, repurposing projects, and vintage object and antique collecting. Many young couples participated in my appraisal shows to find out what to buy at yard sales, how to spot a valuable antique or family heirloom, what to ask Grandma to hand down, and how to sell for top dollar using my tips at my website, DrLoriV.com. Houston is always a fun stop on my appraisal tour!

Judy with one of the wooden toys from her early 20th Century German toy circus menagerie in perfect condition, valued by Dr. Lori at $1,500.

Judy with one of the wooden toys from her early 20th Century German toy circus menagerie in perfect condition, valued by Dr. Lori at $1,500.

 

Bobbie with Louis Icart print, valued by Dr. Lori at $3,000.

Bobbie with Louis Icart print, valued by Dr. Lori at $3,000.

 

Dr. Lori presenting her appraisal event in Cy-Fair in February.

Dr. Lori presenting her appraisal event in Cy-Fair in February.

 

Eleven-year-old Adah and her valuable Beanie Baby.

Eleven-year-old Adah and her valuable Beanie Baby.

 

Calvin with his Tiffany tray valued at $500 and Patek Philippe wrist watch appraised by Dr. Lori for $1,000.

Calvin with his Tiffany tray valued at $500 and Patek Philippe wrist watch appraised by Dr. Lori for $1,000.


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